Lucky Seven x The Beatles
Lucky Seven launches the first drop of their exclusive Beatles collaboration..
Starting at what was the end, Lucky Seven are launching their first Beatles capsule in celebration of their last ever public performance, that was the impromptu set on top of the apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row on this day in 1969.
The group however did record one more album which they began working on the following month, Abbey Road. This highly revered album celebrated 50 years last year and broke a world record when the re-released vinyl reached number one for a second time (since its 17 weeks at the top of the charts in 1969) 49 years and 252 days since it was first released.
Aside from the incredible sound of Abbey Road, the album artwork is considered one of the most famous in history. The cover shot was one of six taken by Macmillan at 10am on August 8, 1969. As a policeman held up the traffic, the photographer had just 10 minutes to balance on a stepladder and get the shots. The result was striking and iconic and shrouded in conspiracy.
Shortly before the release of the Abbey Road album, an American newspaper ran a story that claimed Paul McCartney had died in a car accident in 1966, and that the current ‘Paul’ was actually a lookalike. The rumours circulated and when Abbey Road arrived that October, its sleeve was pronounced by conspiracy theorists as final proof of Macca’s demise.
The theories were somewhat tenuous, McCartney was out of step with his bandmates; his eyes were closed, and he wasn’t wearing shoes (like a buried body); he held a cigarette in his right hand (despite being left-handed); over his shoulder was a Volkswagen with a number plate interpreted as ‘28IF’ (ie McCartney would have been 28 if he lived; although actually he would have been 27).
The original album title was going to be Everest, named after the favourite brand of cigarettes, smoked by Geoff Emerick, the Beatles' recording engineer," he says. "Someone had the bright idea that they should go to Mount Everest for the picture. They basically said no, we're not going there, and they decided to call it Abbey Road and do the photo outside their studios. "It was a lot easier, a lot cheaper, but it was almost by default, really, that the album was called Abbey Road. People think they named the album after the studios, but they named it after the road, "The studio was EMI then. But of course, it followed suit."
This capsule celebrates that wonderful spot in North London home to the most famous zebra crossing in the world. Abbey Road NW8.